Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour 3 days
Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour 3 days
Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour 3 days to explore the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and to discover the great Sahara Desert. Experience camel trekking, sleep in nomad tents, with a rich history and Berber culture of southern Morocco in between.
Travel over the high Atlas Mountains and via the famous pass of Tizi-n-Tichka. Drive through Berber villages perched on mountains’ entourage and enjoy splendid views of valleys. Visit Kasbah Telouet and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
Discover Skoura Oasis and tour the beautifully restored Kasbah Amredhil. Go off-track along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, and via the beautiful Valley of the Roses. Visit the cosmetic cooperatives in Kel’aa M’gouna, producing cosmetic products.
Explore the Dades Gorges and stay in an authentic guest-house overlooking the Dades Valley. Go for a hike in the Toudgha Gorges with a local guide and take a walk along the riverbank through the massive canyons.
Ride camels to the top of the wind-blown dunes of Erg Chebbi. Enjoy beautiful views of the sunset and experience moments of pure peacefulness. Taste dinner in a magical setting and dance to Berber music and drumming around a campfire. Sleep in your comfortable nomad tent in a Merzouga desert camp nestled near the big dunes.
Travel along the Dra’a Valley, full of palm trees and fortified kasbahs. And stop by Berber village and interact with the locals to learn about life in the south. Cross the Atlas Mountains and end your Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour 3 days.
Day 1: Marrakech – Dades Gorges
Your Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour 3 days starts with a departure in the morning from your riad towards Dades Gorges traveling across the high Atlas Mountains and over the famous Tizi-n-Tichka pass, the highest mountains peak in Africa.
All along the road, there will be stops at panoramic viewpoints. Here, you can take photos and admire the breath-taking views of the valleys and the mountains. The valleys are full of colorful roses, olive trees, and herds of goats. Stop for a tea break in one of the adobe-built Berber villages perched on the mountains.
After the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, a side road leads to the former palatial residence, Kasbah Telouet. Here, you will visit the kasbah to discover Moroccan tiling artwork and wood craftsmanship.
Driving further south, you arrive at the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters including “Gladiator”, “Alexander”, and some scenes of the famous TV series “Game of Thrones”. After lunch, you will visit the Kasbah with a local guide to learn about the interesting history of this site.
Next on your Marrakech Desert tours, you drive past Ouarzazate as far as the Oasis of Skoura. Here, you stop to explore the fortified Kasbah Amredhil. It has been reconstructed to makes a panoramic view situated on the side of the valley and standing tall among the palm trees.
From here, the road takes you through the Road of a Thousand Kasbah and then the Valley of the Roses. In Kel’aa M’gouna, you will pay a visit to the local co-operative producing cosmetic products from abundant flowers. Afterward, you will drive as far as the Dades Gorges. In the evening, a beautiful guest-house at the edge of the valley offers dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Dades Gorges – Merzouga
After breakfast, go on a walk with your guide to explore the Boumalne Dades valley’s garden fields. Shortly after, you will drive to the Toudgha Gorges where lunch is served. Here, you can go for a walk along the riverbank and through the massive canyons. If you desire, you can go for a short hike around the gorges with a local guide.
Afterward, you continue your desert trip alongside the Ziz Valley. It is remarkable for its unlimited palm trees and fortified kasbahs.
Here in Merzouga, an hour to an hour and a half leads to the summit of Erg Chebbi dunes (250 m). From here, the sunset is a spectacular sight. At the campsite, you will be welcomed by mint tea and shown your private nomad tent.
At night, taste dinner under a sky full of stars, followed by a musical play with the nomads around a fire camp. Later, a comfortable nomad tent offers you night rest.
Day 3: Merzouga – Marrakech
Get up early in the morning and climb to the top of the dunes. You will be rewarded with magical views of a spectacular sunrise. Enjoy the Sahara Desert moments of pure tranquility.
After breakfast, you drive back to the Dra’a Valley, along the length of the Saghro Mountains. Cross the Berber villages of Alnif, Tazzarine, featured in the film ‘Babel’, and finally, N’Qob which will be the venue for lunch.
After a visit to Kasbah Tamnougalte, you drive off-road through the Dra’a Valley’s unlimited palm trees and green oases. You will continue to Ouarzazate, where we stop by the Film Studios to photograph intact film sets of many cinematic works.
In the afternoon you cross the Atlas Mountains to arrive back at Marrakech by the end of the afternoon. You have just had a wonderful Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour 3 days.
- Private transportation in an air-conditioned comfortable 4×4 car or luxury minivan
- Pick-up from and drop-off at your accommodation in Marrakech
- Berber Driver guide experienced in English
- Overnights in accommodations with air-conditioned rooms and private bathrooms
- Overnight in an authentic/ luxury desert camp in Erg Chebbi dunes
- Breakfasts And Dinners
- Option to go to and come back from the camp on camelback or in 4×4 vehicle
- Camel ride for an hour to an hour and a half and free sand-boarding
- Free soft drinks, and mineral water during your stay in the desert
- Berber music and drumming around a campfire under the stars at night
- The opportunity to ask the driver to stop for breaks whenever you wish
What’s Not Included
- Beverages & Bottled Water
- Entrance Fees